Festival of Darkness

International Butoh Artists Surface Downtown

For Garnica, the only way people can approach performing butoh is from their own life and experience. "Our bodies are shaped by social and cultural traditions," she says. "If you are from the royalty, you walk one way. A peasant walks another way. If you are in an office eight hours a day and you go out and forget your cell phone, you feel it. Our bodies are shaped by objects. We're all humans, that's the bottom line."

Zack Fuller, "post-mortem dancer" in the New York Butoh Festival, gets a big head on Astor Place.
photo: Richard Termine
Zack Fuller, "post-mortem dancer" in the New York Butoh Festival, gets a big head on Astor Place.

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YOU GO BUTOH

OPENING CELEBRATION
October 11 at 8 p.m.,
CAVE Gallery,
58 Grand Street, Brooklyn.

Admission by donation. A collaborative installation/performance by local artists, with live music and free food and drink. RSVP to performances@nybutohfestival.org.

CLOSING RECEPTION
October 19, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.,
Theater for the New City (TNC),
155 First Avenue, 212-254-1109

PERFORMANCES
Joan Laage,
Imprints and Infanticity,
and Dawn Akemi Saito,
October 15 at 8 p.m., TNC

Yukio Waguri,
Wedding in the Fields,
October 16 (with Shinichi Momo Koga, 48 Additional Shocks) and 17 at 8 p.m., TNC

Joan Laage,
Black Widow,
Zack Fuller,
Voojaday,
Shinichi Momo Koga,
48 Additional Shocks,
October 18 at 5 p.m., TNC

SU-EN,
Slice: Visceral Dissection,
and Chisato Katata,
October 18 at 8 p.m.,
October 19 at 2 p.m., TNC

For information about related workshops, lectures, and exhibitions, visit nybutohfestival.org, or call 212-252-2880.

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The festival, which the pair hopes to make a regular, if not an annual, occurrence, includes performances at Theater for the New City and workshops and lectures around the city. It's a labor of love, Garnica says, with little financial support. Corporate sponsors have donated food and drink for receptions, but the actual operating budget came from a single patron, whom they hope to repay with ticket sales. "We almost didn't do it because we didn't have grants, but we said, 'Let's just do it third world-style.' "

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